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DOCUMENTS


The Tentacle


Guest Columnist

January 24, 2018
Keep “Maryland, My Maryland” as Our State Song
Guest Columnist

Raleigh Boaze

 

James Randall, a native of Baltimore, was in Louisiana when he heard the news of fighting in his native city in April of 1861. He immediately wrote the poem, "Maryland, My Maryland," and it was published in the New Orleans Delta on April 26.


November 6, 2017
Setting The Record Straight
Guest Columnist

Kirby Delauter

 

Recently, County Executive Jan Gardner had a "Letter to the Editor" published in The Frederick News-Post (FNP) outlining the many "successes" of her administration. Unfortunately, this letter was riddled with falsehoods, errors and misrepresentations.


October 6, 2017
The Perception of Deception
Guest Columnist

Kirby Delauter

On September 1, 2017, the county executive was quoted in The Frederick News Post about many things she blames on the previous board of county commissioners. She uses perception of numbers to simulate that the sky is falling on several issues.


August 21, 2017
Doing What is Right, Not Political Convenience
Guest Columnist

Raleigh Boaze

 

[Editor’s Note: This column by Mr. Boaze was written prior to the “by cover of darkness” removal of the Taney Statue from its post outside The General Assembly building in Annapolis, where it has stood since 1872.]


July 14, 2017
Keeping Our County Safe
Guest Columnist

Kirby Delauter

 

A hot button issue these days is the 287(g) Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) program here in Frederick County. The county’s website provides a description of the program as it is implemented by our Sheriff’s Department.


April 13, 2017
A Smoke and Mirrors Budget
Guest Columnist

Kirby Delauter

 

On April 15th the county executive will send her budget to the County Council, which will until May 31 to make any adjustments and approve her budget.


March 1, 2017
Backroom Deals and Ethics Spiels
Guest Columnist

Kirby Delauter

 

When County Executive Jan Gardner (CE) was running for office just two years ago, her mantra was “open and transparent government where everyone can be part of the process.” She said she wanted to reform the ethics laws so we could trust our government.


February 1, 2017
Extending Monocacy River Banks Without Compensation
Guest Columnist

Kirby Delauter

 

The newest government overreach coming from the Jan Gardner Administration is the Monocacy River Management Plan, also known as the “Monocacy River Land Grab.” This socialist experiment is being spearheaded by an appointed board and from behind the scenes by the county executive.


December 16, 2016
Newspaper Article’s Factual Errors Corrected
Guest Columnist

Kirby Delauter

 

Just some observations on a recent front page article by Danielle Gaines in The Frederick News-Post entitled “A County Council Divided.” The piece begins by describing me speaking at a council meeting and goes through (with its best liberal effort) to describe the council reactions.


December 1, 2016
The Trump Election and What It Means
Guest Columnist

Kirby Delauter

 

You can hold the applause until the end of the column. Why, you ask? Because I called the Trump victory as soon as he filed the paperwork well over a year ago.


October 31, 2016
Facts Should Kill Hotel/Conference Center
Guest Columnist

Kirby Delauter

 

This month let’s discuss the disaster known as the Downtown Hotel Conference Center (DTHCC). When we follow the trail of deceit for it, you’ll see that our county executive, along with the likely four Democrats on the council will vote for this even though I laid out every reason under the sun as to why this is a really bad deal, and the people who will get stuck paying the tab will be you, the taxpayer.


October 3, 2016
Back in the Debt Saddle Again
Guest Columnist

Kirby Delauter

 

This month we’ll go back to the Citizen’s Nursing Home saga that continues to leave a black mark on Frederick County for multiple reasons, most of all, the way the county executive and the Democrats (including Bud Otis) on the County Council bully their way to get whatever they want.


September 5, 2016
Citizens/Montevue Facts Behind The Spin
Guest Columnist

Kirby Delauter

 

After reading the outright lies that County Executive Jan Gardner wrote in The Emmitsburg News Journal last month, I couldn’t help but respond in an effort to set the record straight.


August 26, 2016
Commodore to the Mountains
Guest Columnist

Galahad Sweetbottom

 

I have been learning about life in Frederick, Maryland, for several years through the eyes of The Tentacles, plural for all of the various and numerous writers I read carefully.


August 1, 2016
To sue or not to sue, that is the question!
Guest Columnist

Kirby Delauter

 

You may be familiar with the J&J trash issue that was recently debated in the County Council meetings. I wrote recently about how I felt this local business was being targeted in how they use the county landfill/transfer station. Their business is trash; they are a local trash/refuse hauler and the landfill/transfer station is well within their business model.


July 11, 2016
“Bob” Waltz, RIP
Guest Columnist

Tim Wesolek

 

Our Friday lunch group, meeting at the Shamrock Restaurant, lost another member last week, when Norman E. “Bob” Waltz passed away. He was our third “loss” this year, following Maury Hassett and Mike Fitzgerald.


July 5, 2016
Solving School Issues in Frederick County
Guest Columnist

Kirby Delauter

 

If we look back on the history of county government, we’ve been having the never ending discussion of how to build schools for well over 30 years. Current County Executive Jan Gardner became involved in local government as a citizen activist speaking out on school overcrowding in the 1990’s.


June 1, 2016
Non – Business Friendly Frederick County
Guest Columnist

Kirby Delauter

 

I think our County Executive Jan (please take your business elsewhere) Gardner has forgotten who pays the bills in Frederick County.

 


May 2, 2016
The Budget, Constituent Service and Schools
Guest Columnist

Kirby Delauter

 

It's budget time and, as a County Council, we get a full 25 working days to review and approve a $560 + or - million budget. That is 25 working days if you don't have any other full time job and could spend 10-12 hours daily on the review.

 


April 4, 2016
Rest in Peace Mike Fitzgerald
Guest Columnist

Kirby Delauter

 

This month I am writing about a very good friend who not only helped me in business and politics, but also in just plain old fashioned common sense. That person is none other than Mike Fitzgerald.


March 31, 2016
A General Assembly Personal and Vindictive Foul
Guest Columnist

Charles Jenkins

 

It’s March Madness time again...but I’m not talking about basketball. Every year when the General Assembly convenes for its 90-day session between 2,500 and 3,000 pieces of legislation are proposed. Most of them die on the cutting room floor – fortunately.


March 1, 2016
Solutions and Stumbling Blocks
Guest Columnist

Kirby Delauter

 

School construction seems to be the hot button issue in Frederick County. As I’ve noted before, we’ve been dealing with school funding issues for well over 20 years.


February 1, 2016
State Budgets and County Sleight of Hands
Guest Columnist

Kirby Delauter

 

We are approaching the budget season for county government and as usual, I’ll point out some items of interest as well as things I feel we could do differently.


January 4, 2016
One of a Kind……
Guest Columnist

Kirby Delauter

 

I am going to stray away from the political realm and just simply talk about someone that has made a major impact on my life. That person would be my mother in law, Pat Zanella.

 


December 4, 2015
Solving Serious Problems Simply
Guest Columnist

Kirby Delauter

County Executive Jan Gardner said in her previous Emmitsburg News-Journal article that her campaign promise was to “restore trust in government and protect taxpayers.” As far as trust in government goes, there are more backroom deals today within Winchester Hall, than during prohibition in the 20s.


November 2, 2015
County Issues That Reach Into Taxpayers’ Pockets
Guest Columnist

Kirby Delauter

This month I am writing about three issues that are upon us in county government, first I’ll start with the Citizens/Montevue Nursing Home debacle.


October 30, 2015
Mass Prisoner Release Will Impact Frederick
Guest Columnist

Chuck Jenkins

 

Under the guise of federal sentencing guideline reform, the United States Justice Department will release and unleash thousands of so-called “non-violent” drug offenders from our federal prison system.


September 29, 2015
A Call to Action on Citizens and Montevue
Guest Columnist

Billy Shreve

 

Frederick’s County Executive Jan Gardner intends to exercise the power of eminent domain and seize all of Aurora’s interests in the formerly county owned Citizen’s Nursing Home and Montevue Assisted Living. Aurora currently owns the healthcare businesses of both entities and leases the property from the county.


September 15, 2015
The Media, The County Council and Seinfeld
Guest Columnist

Kirby Delauter

I love watching Seinfeld reruns. The other night I was watching and they ran the one about how the show came about. Seinfeld was originally cast as a show about “nothing.”


September 3, 2015
Changes Needed in County’s Charter
Guest Columnist

Kirby Delauter

This month I am writing about some changes that I think we should consider for the newly formed Charter of Frederick County. Some of the procedural issues I see are a lack of communication and a lack of clear meeting agendas as well.


August 4, 2015
Behind The Closed Doors
Guest Columnist

Kirby Delauter

Here we are in Frederick County, land of government run amok with $10 million in new spending, false tax credits for big business, and a County Council that is nothing more than an extension of the County Executive.


July 23, 2015
Prioritizing Illegals, ‘Terrorists’ – Part Two
Guest Columnist

Chuck Jenkins

Why is the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) waiting for criminals to become more serious offenders, violent criminals and prioritizing only aggravated felons for removal?


July 21, 2015
When Sheriff, ICE Cooperate – Part One
Guest Columnist

Chuck Jenkins

I’ve been Frederick County sheriff for nine years. We’re located about one hour northwest of Washington right here. It’s a beautiful county, beautiful community, population of about 240,000 people. I’ve been in law enforcement 25 years locally. I sit on two committees of the National Sheriffs Association, the Homeland Security Committee and also the Immigration and Border Security Committee.

 

 


June 17, 2015
Homeless Families in Frederick County
Guest Columnist

Alan Christian

Frederick County reports a 17% increase in homeless families in the 2014-15 Point in Time survey. In 2014, volunteers counted 105 people in homeless families, which increased to 130 in 2015.


May 25, 2015
The Genesis of a Relationship
Guest Columnist

Kirby Delauter

As you are probably aware, the buzz in Frederick County is about ethics. As it currently stands Frederick County has the same ethics laws as the state of Maryland.


April 27, 2015
It’s That Time Again
Guest Columnist

Kirby Delauter

Budget season is here and the County Council received Executive Jan Gardner's proposed Fiscal Year 2016 budget 13 days ago. She proposes $10 million in new spending which includes $4.2 million "above" maintenance of effort for county public schools.


April 17, 2015
RALE President Responds to Delauter Column
Guest Columnist

Steve McKay

Now Kirby, there you go again. In your column on TheTentacle.com posted on April 10, 2015, you make quite a few misleading statements about Residents Against Landsdale Expansion (RALE) and our appeal of the Monrovia Town Center (MTC) approval. So much so, that I feel compelled to set the record straight.


April 15, 2015
Expanding and Correcting the Record
Guest Columnist

Robert White, Jr.

This is submitted as a response to Kirby Delauter's recent column: "Demagoguery and a Questionable Appointment."


April 10, 2015
Demagoguery and a Questionable Appointment
Guest Columnist

Kirby Delauter